Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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1,770 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,770
Hads: 4,005
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 161
Gots: 411 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours dark brown/black with an off head.

The aroma has sweet roasted malt, chocolate, with not really much smoke on the nose, with some woody though.

The flavor follows, but with definitely more smoke this time. It's very porter with that roasted malt, chocolate, and then some smoke and ash on the back. You definitely picks it up more in the flavor than nose. It has a wonderful bitterness on the back.

The mouthfeel is medium to light, being a under 6% porter, much like other porters.

I was pleasantly impressed with this. I definitely really like this one and arguably more than some top porters like Deschuttes or Great Lakes. (646 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice deep brown pour with a fluffy finger-sized head

S - beautiful mild smoke aroma. Not overpowering, but a nice mild aroma of smoked almonds, toffee, roasted barley. Absolutely loved this smell.

T - taste kind of loses the smokey aroma but keeps a mild caramel-toffee taste.

M - mouthfeel is really light. Almost no carbonation but real easy drinkability. Each sip goes down really easy.

O - was kinda bummed that the "smoke" taste was not as prevalent as in the nose. But, was very drinkable. (506 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thin off-white head that keeps hanging in there and leave laces.
Nice, but lighter than expected aroma of roasted malts and not too pronounced smoked malts and earthy hops.
Flavor is more intense, notes of burnt wood and earthy hops. Hints of resin, coffee and caramels. Very dry and bitter aftertaste followed by a charcoal-smoke type of note, as it showed up late to the party.
Medium towards full body with an average carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Interesting porter, with much more character than usual for the style. (546 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Hint of red hue.

Smells like a chocolate or coffee stout, but with a prominent smokey scent above all flavors.

Taste is more smokey than chocolatey. It's earthy and unique. Notes of burning hickory like you'd enjoy by a campfire. It might sound like an odd flavor profile, but that's indeed the best way I can describe it.

Finish is bitter, yet smooth. A creamy beer with a long-lasting smokiness. It's not thick and syrupy like other porters.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's one of Stone's more interesting offerings. Price-point could use work, but that's my only complaint. (600 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. Bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark dark brown with a three finger, thick creamy off white head.
S-Dark chocolate and then you are hit with billowing smoke in the nose. It is a great toasty, smoky, malty smell that invigorated your olfactory senses.
T- Dark bittersweet chocolate with charred malts and a drop of liquid smoke. Awesome!
M- Now we get to mouthfeel where I cant can't start with the word dark. Medium thickness and carbonation. Not bad...

One of the best smoked porters that I have had. This gives me a new respect for the style. it is not overwhelming and in your face but balances out nicely on the palate. (641 characters)

Photo of LikeARollingStout
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Typical porter dark brown-orange. A full finger of dense, tan head. Spotty lacing. Nothing unusual.

S - Baker's chocolate takes the stage and gives way to exceptionally smokey/roasty malts and finishes with a hint of coffee.

T - Roasty malts and bitter chocolate are the backbone of this beer. More bitter than your average porter. Coffee presence isn't as strong as I'd like but its doable. There's some notes of sweet caramel towards the end and maybe some cherry but it definitely finishes bitter. The bitterness must be a product of the chocolate as there are minimal hops. The smokiness lingers on the palet. The label mentions that it pairs well BBQ'd foods and I can see why.

M - Much drier than I'm used to in a porter but I like it. It took me a few sips to get used to. Full bodied and light carbonation.

O - I have a pretty high bar set for Stone after enjoying some of their other beers. This is an above average porter but it didn't blow me out of the park. It isn't as complex as I'd like - the malts and chocolate steal most of the show. I'd buy it again though to pair with some wings. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown, near black. 1 finger or less creamy tan head. Soapy lacing with fair retention. Looks like a porter should

S- The highlight IMO. Coffee seems to lead the way. Can tell the smoke level is certainly higher than most as I get a real campfire character from this one. Raw cocoa and an assortment of roasted malts.

T- I can see the aspects of the English porter. Dry throughout. Smoke from peat. Charcoal. Raw coffee and cocoa as nose indicates. Some grain. Lots of bitterness from the chocolate and roasted character. Quite complex. Despite the high IBU level for the style (53), the hop presence seems quite subtle. My only complaint is that the roasted character may go a step to far, bordering on burnt.

M- Mid to mid-full. Perfect carbonation. A little thin. Very dry. Nice drinkability.

O- A smoky take on an English style porter. Something risky and bold as expected from Stone. Not my favorite of their offerings, but still very well done.

Best by 6/14
Consumed on 528

$3.99 for 22oz bottle (1,027 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a foamy off white head.

The smell is subtle smoked malts, roasted malts and just a touch of coffee .

The taste is quite smokey, like a Scottish whisky, slightly sweet malts and some licorice. Very tasty all round.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with medium carbonation.

This is another great beer from stone, very tasty, I wouldn't have minded just a little bit more smoke but overall can't complain. (435 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark orange brown with a large foamy tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: smoky malt, caramel, toasted bread, brown sugar, coffee

T: smoke up front, hickory, coffee, malt, light hop bitterness, finish is bitter and dry

M: velvet smooth with perfect carbonation, soft

O: nice smoke flavor without being overpowering, well balanced (397 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with light tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, light smokiness, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, earthiness, good smoke flavor, coffee, little bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a nice porter with good smoke flavor, enjoyable on its own or with food (331 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: black beer in a stout flute glass with a fat dark tan head; slippery, milky lace all the way down

S: smoky roasted dark malt, wood and earth

T: bitter dark malt, smoke and charcoal, very distant cold espresso and bittersweet chocolate (more bitter than sweet)

M: medium body, modest carbonation, smooth and coating, mellow bittering

O: very simple and flavor-specific porter - high quality product from a high-quality brewer. Smooth, dry, mellow bitter porter riddled with smoky char. (491 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.46/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Black with ht browhe edges of the beer
Smell- Malty with a slight smoky aroma
Taste- Where is the smokey part? Tastes like hoppy beer to me. and I did not find anything else
Moutfeel- Stingy and terrible
Overall- I am not a fan of this type of beers and basically tasted llike old Guiness beerr and no smoked flavor in it. SHould save my money! (356 characters)

Photo of godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. The body is dark, like a storm cloud on a moonless night. The head is creamy tan and inviting.

The aroma is dominated by roasted barely malt simmering in high-end coffee. I'm also picking up some not so subtle dark chocolate notes along with wisps of BBQ smoke. Close your eyes, employ a little imagination and your sitting by a campfire, chowing down on s'mores.

This brew has a uncomplicated roasty mocha flavor to it, and trailing along on the back end comes a pretty decent hop bite for a porter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with not much carbonation--which, considering the style, is perfect.

Overall this is a great porter, and it won't be my last. (733 characters)

Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass (two pours)

A: Deep coal black with a 3-finger, sturdy tan head and moderate lacing. Same head for the second pour (remainder was refrigerated, open for about 30 minutes from opening to second pour)

S: More of a burnt coffee than "smoked" with hints of chocolate and plum. Richly malty and pleasing with minimal hops coming through.

T: Presented as a fairly typical porter on the front end, but the smokiness came on strong in the after-taste. Malty without being sweet, despite the lack of any noticable hops. The smoke gave a very dry, woody finish that lingered long on the tongue. Lighter bodied than the intense aroma would have suggested.

M: The smokiness and a nice level of carbonation gives the tongue a dry tingle. Very smooth and refreshing for a porter. Not at all syrupy.

O: I'm glad I gave this a try. It's not necessarily something I'd work into a regular rotation, but I could definitely see stocking a couple more bombers for when the mood strikes. The clerk where I bought it "warned" about the smokiness, but I didn't find it that over-powering at all -- certainly not enough to be off-putting. It fell right in the range I'd expect from a self-proclaimed "smoked porter." Another fine product from Stone, reasonably priced a $4.99 for a bomber. (1,324 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of bone white head. Smell isn't very strong but is mostly roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts up front, with coffee and hints of chocolate. Mouth is very smooth with a little more carbonation than I was expecting. Overall, another great beer from Stone. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by them. (345 characters)

Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, pint glass at Mississippi Pizza, Portalnd, Oregon March 11, 2013

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque. Off white head, good retention

Smell: Not strong, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Malt forward, slight roastiness, smoke flavor hidden deep. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for porter. Above average carbonation.

Overall: A great porter. One I would revisit. Smokiness almost not enough, although better to err on too little, perhaps... (451 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, light does pass through it, pours with a thick, rocky head, may be a bit overcarbonated.
Smell: Roast, chocolate, maybe a bit hoppy. Not much smoke. Seems good, not especially unique.
Taste: A nice beer, good amount of bitter roast, some chocolate back there too, maybe just a little bit hoppy, but certainly taking a back seat to malts. I don't get much of a smoke character, maybe just a tad pheonlic. I am enjoying this beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. I like this kind of mouthfeel to my porters, they really shouldn't feel so full as a stout would in my opinion. The mouthfeel on this beer is just about perfect.
Overall: A very solid beer, easily drinkable, not very complex, but complex enough to make it interesting. (750 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black ale, tan head of dense foam with good tracing.

Smell: Smoke, coffee, cocoa, dark malts, and so help me - blood. I actually smell blood. Not entirely unpleasant, either.

Taste: Surprisingly not as complex or heady as the smell would suggest. Smoked malts, espresso, and bitter chocolate notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: Again, not as chewy as one would expect. Thinner than some porters/stouts, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Overall: This might be a good transition for those looking to move into the darker, heavier beers without being overwhelmed from the get-go. It's a fine porter to sip slowly, letting it warm to room temperature and discover more subtle flavors/aromas, or a good one to quaff straightaway. (734 characters)

Photo of RenaudNW
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice experience in a Porter. It has a very good appearance with a moderate head and good carbonation. The aroma is what really makes this beer an experience. A nose fulling experience with good complexity and a nice smokiness. In addition, the taste does not disappoint. It is both full flavored and relatively clean. I can drink a full 22oz bottle and never feel like I'm being overwhelmed; very satisfying. The one potential weakness of this brew is the mouth feel. From the initial aroma, one gets the impression that it should be smooth and silky on the tongue. Unfortunately, after the fine initial experience with the aroma and color, the mouth feel comes across as somewhat watery. However, close your eyes and concentrate on the flavor and you won't notice the weak mouth feel after a few sips. Overall about a 4 out of 5. It's good enough that I keep a few bottles in the back of the refrigerator as a regular stand by. (943 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
Enjoy By: 03/30/13

Very nice looking, very deep brown, near black with a thick, billowy tan head and nice lacing.

Roasted cocoa and coffee, lightly smokey malts. Fleeting hints of smoked meats.

Medium- body with mild, foamy carbonation.

The smoked aspect of this porter is well done, with just barely enough to be noticeable, but at no point becomes overwhelming. (380 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours black, opaque except for a tinge of red, and a medium chestnut head. Aroma is smoky, as expected. Smoke and roasted malt pick up the front of the flavor, too. Smoked flavor is the major player here, but it doesn't overpower the substantial malt bill here. Burnt toast is big here. In the background there are subtle coffee and mocha flavors. Finally, there's a bitter edge to bring out the dry finish. This is a really good smoked porter and worth coming back to again and again. (530 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken 02/17/13.

Served on tap, 12oz. pour, at Yard House in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Very dark brown, not quite black, certain hints of red. Thin light mocha head with lots of lacing.

Roasted/spiced malt aromas are light; not too prominent or pervasive. Wish it had more.

Roasted/spiced and smokey, definitely more hoppy than expected. It tastes very good.

Very smooth up front, with a dry finish; light to medium carbonation.

Overall this was surprising, did expect it to be as good as it was. Will try to again. Cheers. (549 characters)

Photo of Kerrie
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, for a smoked porter, I don't detect any smokiness, but it's still good.

A- Nearly opaque black with a nice frothy head (good retention) and heavy lacing.

S- Smells hoppy, like an IPA, with the porter smell being more in the background.

T- I can taste the hops, so this isn't a typical smoked porter. More hoppy than malty. Thankfully, I've been getting into IPAs lately or else I probably wouldn't like this as much. But it just doesn't taste like a smoked porter. Hoppy finish/aftertaste, too.

M- Not too thick or thin.

Overall, I don't think it's a good representation of the style. IPA lovers would most likely enjoy it if they're trying to branch out to porters and stouts. (689 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Big trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate and pine.

T- smoked malt, chocolate, pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O- good beer, but very one dimensional. All smoked malt, chocolate and pine hops. (348 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A relatively clear deep rich brown. Appears black until held to light. Pours with a solid, creamy tan head. Retention is decent. Drops to a small creamy cap over a few minutes. Sheets of sticky lacing. Very pretty.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts. Slightly burnt with a nice solid smoky push. Some char. Cocoa and ash. Vaguely grassy with some corn and earth. It smells like every porter should. Sweet caramelized malts in the back. Smokiness builds a bit as it warms.

Taste: Light smokiness. Solidly, but not overly, roasted. Some backing coffee bean and dark chocolate. Hints of cocoa. Some ash and char, but more smoky than either. Underlying nuttiness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Sweet smoky roast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and smooth. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks like a champ with a bit of warmth.

Overall: Because...screw you!

Another benchmark provided by Stone. This isn't a knock your socks of porter, but damn if it's not tasty and sets a bar for the style. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this could change my mind. (1,081 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.